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Mystery Team

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vulgar parody of kids' movies is definitely NOT for kids.

Movie R 2009 94 minutes
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Mystery Team looks deceptively like a kids' movie, but it surprises right out of the gate with unhinged vulgarity, sex, and drugs. Happily, even when the shock wears off, the movie -- written by and starring the members of the college comedy troupe Derrick Comedy -- remains funny, thanks to the decision to make its three hapless, stuck-in-adolescence detectives totally naïve and untouched by all the depravity.

These likeable misfits wander, morally clean, through the dirty landscape, and each side is able to humorously comment upon the other. The movie doesn't exactly provide non-stop laughter, but it does have a fair share of titters and chuckles. Director Dan Eckman could perhaps have picked up the pace a bit, but at least the jokes don't stop in the third act to make room for the conclusion of the mystery, like so many other comedies.

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